Burger King steals classic RPG theme song for new commercial

I must admit that I love most of the BK ads released in the last couple years, especially the one where the guy wakes up and the king is next to him in bed. However, the latest installment, which shows the (vomit-inducing) breakfast of the future immediately caught not my eye, but rather my ear. When listening to the commercial, I immediately recognized the music, and could barely believe my ears. It’s the theme song from the original Final Fantasy for NES! I couldn’t believe it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, if you’re going to steal a song from a video game, Final Fantasy is a great place to go (although I think the Mega Man series has some of the best music of all time), but c’mon people, let’s think of something original when trying to sell our icky fast food.

Here’s the commercial (although you can barely hear the music on it, so I would advise turning the volume up on your TV next time it comes on):

And here’s a link to the original Final Fantasy theme song:

Now, am I right or am I right?

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8 thoughts on “Burger King steals classic RPG theme song for new commercial

  1. Okay, to jump into the nerd frenzy, I will point out that while these two do sound familiar, the arpeggiated chord progression in the FF theme songs has a wider range than the BK commercial. The lowest note is lower, and particularly the highest note is higher (depending on where one claims tonic is). I will leave you with that disgusting display of music theory, not mention the subtle differences in key changes, and leave attempts to find tonic for the bar.

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  2. I don’t know much about sound waves, and the difference between them, but the youtube video of the commercial sounds quite a bit different than the tv version of it. If you listen to the tv version , it sounds a lot closer to ff1 than this.

    I noticed it too since i’m very keen on Nobuo Uematsu and Final Fantasy.

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  3. I am far from a nerd and this was the 1st game I had on Ghetto Box when I was a kid. I also immediately recognized it in the commercial. Crazy!

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  4. That was the very first thing I thought of when I first saw this commercial. What a terrible commercial (and line of commercials, the King mascot is almost as sickening as when Wendy’s says “It’s not fast food! It’s Wendy’s!”). So here we have a company with a crummy, unoriginal, derivative product and a crummy, derivative, advertising. What worthless group of clods dreamed this revulsion up?

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